Building Degreed: How to Create Dynamic Teams

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Bobbi Alexandrova, Director of Engineering, Degreed and Sonja Schuring, Director of Product Management, Degreed

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For the past few years, the high-tech industry has been a driver of economic growth, but at the same time it has created an extremely competitive IT job market where demand outpaces supply of talent. As a fast-growing tech company, Degreed faces upskilling, talent recruiting, and retention challenges daily. Join members of the Degreed product experience team for insights into operating a small team at lightning pace. We will share how Degreed supports a remote workforce of engineers, our mindshare on what and what not to build, leadership practices and policies, and what we’ve done to help the company retain its more than 85 percent retention rate. You want to know how a company who has grown four times in two years does it? We have the secret sauce, and we're sharing it with you. Join us!

In this session, you will learn:
• insights into operating a small team at a lightning pace
• how to support a remote workforce of engineers
• what and what not to build, leadership practices, and policies.


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Bobbi Alexandrova
Bobbi Alexandrova

Director of Engineering, Degreed

Bobbi Alexandrova is a technology leader with more than 20 years of experience in software development and data analytics. She holds a masters of science in computer science from Sofia University and a master's of business administration from David Eccles School of Business. Alexandrova has a diverse experience working for small and large companies as a software developer, manager, and senior technical leader managing distributed teams. Currently she works as the director of engineering at Degreed. She previously served as SVP, engineering, at the SaaS company Neat Work. She was also a director of software development at Domo, joining the company while still in stealth mode and helping it mature, forming and managing high-performance teams. Prior to that she was director, enterprise analytics, for Fusion-io, where she was responsible for setting strategic direction, managing the analytics team, and delivering big data solutions for the organization. Alexandrova started her career as a java software developer, where she enjoyed taking on technical challenges and making a positive impact within companies by helping them build their software applications.

Sonja Schuring
Sonja Schuring

Director of Product Management, Degreed

Agile product manager with strong results in enterprise software development. Advocate for data-driven needs analyses and iterative product delivery. Developed and managed technology partnerships, cloud software, and mobile applications. Critical thinker and technical subject matter expert. BS in Information Systems from Bringham Young University and Executive MBA from University of Utah.